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Lance Benzel

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  • El Paso County woman says she shot raging husband

    Published: Wed, Jan 22, 2014

    An El Paso County woman on trial for murder told a jury Wednesday that she shot her husband 19 times in self-defense after he flew into a rage over pie crumbs. Donna Raylene Anderson, 58, said William "Bill" Coffey, 52, was "going to kill" her and possibly her 87-year-old mother after...

  • Psychologist testifies he diagnosed Nozolino with narcissistic personality disorder

    Updated: Wed, Jan 22, 2014

    A Colorado Springs psychologist testified Wednesday that a man on trial for murder suffered a "narcissistic injury" and might turn to revenge as a tonic. "I thought his reactions, while understandable, had perhaps gone beyond normal," psychologist George Nicholos said of the...

  • Colorado Springs lawyer says bullet in the eye was like being hit by lightning bolt

    Updated: Tue, Jan 21, 2014

    A Colorado Springs divorce lawyer told a jury Tuesday that he thought he had been hit by a "lightning bolt" the night he was shot in the eye while working late at his downtown law office. After taking the stand for his second day of testimony at the trial of accused sniper shooter...

  • Divorce attorney testifies in Nozolino case

    Updated: Tue, Jan 21, 2014

    The night a bullet flew into his Palmer Lake home, veteran divorce lawyer John Ciccolella looked out a window just in time to see the shooter's car disappear into the night. He couldn't see the driver or identify the make or model of the vehicle, which appeared shapeless between the...

  • Ex-wife testifies that Nozolino threatened her daily, sexually assaulted her

    Updated: Wed, Jan 15, 2014

    The ex-wife of a man on trial for murder in what prosecutors characterize as a decade-spanning series of revenge shootings testified Wednesday that she was blackmailed for months and sexually assaulted after her husband learned of her extramarital affair. Then an Air Force major,...

  • Nozolino faces 31 counts in four shootings as trial gets underway

    Updated: Tue, Jan 14, 2014

    Prosecutors alleged Tuesday that an "unrelenting desire to win" drove an embattled Colorado Springs defense contractor to kill his ex-wife's lover and to try to kill her divorce attorney, the judge who handled the case and their families. The laundry list of allegations came as a...

  • 20-year-old sentenced to four years for role in area bank heists

    Updated: Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    The youngest member of a father-and-sons trio linked to a series of bank heists in the Pikes Peak region learned his fate on Monday. Nicholas Butson, 20, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty last year to three of the nine robberies attributed to him, his...

  • Colorado Springs man gets 65 years in fatal stabbing of apartment handyman

    Updated: Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    A Colorado Springs man was sentenced Monday to 65 years in prison in the fatal stabbing of a handyman who caught him burglarizing a neighbor's apartment. Isaiah Ramon Jackson, 21, received the maximum penalty available after pleading guilty last year to second-degree murder and...

  • Jury finds Colorado Springs shoplifter mostly responsible for being shot by store owner

    Updated: Fri, Jan 10, 2014

    The shoplifter goes home empty-handed - again. An El Paso County jury on Thursday tossed a lawsuit filed by a thief who says he shoplifted a bottle of vodka and ran out of a Colorado Springs liquor store only to be chased down by the store owner and shot in the face at point blank...

  • Two sentenced to 31 years for role in fatal Colorado Springs drug robbery

    Published: Thu, Jan 9, 2014

    Two of three men who pleaded guilty last year to participating in a fatal drug robbery in downtown Colorado Springs learned their fates on Thursday. Swayde Monroe Jones, 35, of Delta, and Christopher Ryan Dickerson, 26, of Montrose, were each sentenced to 31 years in prison in the...

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